Event DetailsMarch 13, 2021 – April 17, 2021
Artist House in the Negev, Beer ShevaDerech Haavot 55
Beer Sheva, Israel
The light turns around and goes
seeking its identity
Pulsating in between the souls’ burdens
Passing through the Patriarchs Way’
round and round goes the light..
Michael Ben Abu’s exhibition at the Negev Artists’ House, Beer Sheva, curated by Doron
Fishbein, comprises of two series of works on paper made during his third and fourth years
of studies in the Fine Arts Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design,
Jerusalem, from 2014-2015.
The works may be described as two chambers of the heart containing emotions and
sensations, distress, anxiety, calm, relaxation, restfulness and beauty simultaneously.
Ben Abu was living on Mt. Scopus at the time, in Jerusalem while under terror attacks,
constant sirens from ambulances, police and emergency vehicles penetrating through the
windows into his soul.
The series of watercolors on paper in the room to the right is of landscapes of sunsets and
sunrises in a quiet sea, emanating the calm arising from introspection and meditation
which soften the sensation of external chaos. Entering this room is like visiting a Buddhist temple, arousing wonder and astonishment.
In the inner left exhibition room, there are mixed media works, with acrylics, oil, and putty on paper, depicting Planet Earth and the nebulous Cosmos. These works are an attempt to
heal and bind the wounds of the globe with huge bandages to prevent its breakdown. There is an almost prophetic feeling about the future now manifested in the current stormy time. We are experiencing anxiety, fear, and uncertainty on the personal, health, employment, and financial levels as well as on the political, national, geopolitical levels, as humanity addresses the COVID pandemic.
The associations to the works and their exhibition precisely during lockdown in an
attempt to hold on routine reminds us of the role of art and artists who challenge the
social consensus and propose alternative healing paths to create empowering rules of a
new game, engaged in beauty and another kind of world offered by and created by art.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm
Friday, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm